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Jesús Franco (screenplay)
Ramón Llidó (story)
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Release Date:
21 April 1982 (France) See more »
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An expedition searching for treasure supposedly buried by the German army in the African desert during WW II comes up against an army of Nazi zombies guarding the fortune. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Manuel Gélin ... Robert Blabert
Eduardo Fajardo ... Colonel Kurt Meitzell
France Lomay ... Erika (as France Jordan)
Jeff Montgomery ... Ben

Lina Romay ... Kurt's Wife
Myriam Landson ... Kurt's Wife

Antonio Mayans ... Sheik Mohamed Al-Kafir
Javier Maiza ... Captain Blabert
Eric Viellard ... Ronald (as Eric Saint-Just)
Caroline Audret ... Sylvie
Albino Graziani ... Prof. Deniken
Miguel Ángel Aristu ... Ahmed (as Miguel Aristu)
Henri Lambert ... Kurt (as Henry Lambert)
Doris Regina ... Aisha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jesús Franco ... Zombie
Daniel Katz ... (uncredited)
Juan Soler ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as A.M. Frank)
 
Writing credits
Jesús Franco  screenplay (as A.L. Mariaux) &
Ramón Llidó  story (as Ramón Llido)

Jesús Franco (screenplay) (as J. Franco)

Produced by
Daniel Lesoeur .... associate producer (uncredited)
Marius Lesoeur .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jesús Franco  (as Pablo Villa)
Daniel White 
 
Cinematography by
Max Monteillet 
Juan Soler 
 
Film Editing by
Jesús Franco 
Claude Gros 
 
Makeup Department
Manolita G. Fraile .... makeup artist (as Manuela Garcia Fraile)
 
Production Management
Daniel Lesoeur .... production manager
Antonio Mayans .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Jouanisson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Claude Panier .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Richard Green .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ángel Ordiales .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Lina Romay .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ilona Kunesova .... continuity
Sylvie Perrot .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tumba de los muertos vivientes" - France (original title)
"Bloodsucking Nazi Zombies" - International (English title) (video title)
"Grave of the Living Dead" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Oasis of the Zombies" - USA (DVD title)
"The Oasis of the Living Dead" - USA
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Runtime:
Argentina:88 min | USA:82 min | France:82 min | Spain:85 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) (2014) | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (cut) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Girl victim 1:Look at the size of them. Do you suppose they're Redwoods?
Girl victim 2:They're date trees. Come on.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Nazi zombies don't share., 28 September 2008
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

With the legendary stinker reputation that this Jess Franco fable bestows (together with Jean Rollin's 'Zombie Lake'), I just could help myself to see what all the fuss was about. To tell the truth I was expecting something much, much worse when I got to the end of it, while viewable (think along the lines of a crash car taking place and you simply having trouble taking your eyes off it) I still couldn't deny just how uninvolved, flat and dull it was despite being compelled.

This leery zero-budget schlock never captures the premise's promising idea (where it has Nazi zombies protecting the gold from anyone who enters the oasis in the African desert) and doesn't go anywhere we haven't already been before. The lack of money for the production wouldn't have helped, but the execution is clunky and tame on all fronts for something that needed to be more risqué (no gore or nudity). A repetitively slow-going mess with incoherent story-telling and woodenly wordy script is what comes about. It's hard to get excited seeing the same lingering zooms, ponderous actions and having to listen to Daniel White's lousy score of cringe-induced skews being dragged out.

The ultra-cheap FX work for the threatening zombies (who seem to like to croak and shuffle) look like there done up in scrappy papier-mâché, but it has a decaying quality to it that's effective. Murky, washed out photography and lack of lighting doesn't make good use of the exotically bone-dry locations or helping to figure out just when it's night or day. Atmosphere is non-existent, but there's one decent creepy image Franco pulls off involving zombie silhouettes' moving down the dunes with the sun setting (or was it rising) in the backdrop and an well-organised explosive war set-piece during the sequence we're learning about the history of the Oasis and it's dead protectors. Acting is poor (but there are some stunning women about), and the character's they play (mainly the college kids) are plain stupid.

A doggedly uneventful zombie film that just manages to hold a spell over you. I don't know how though?

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